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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 April, 2017
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Cluster Manager
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Technology fields: 
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Internet of Things
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
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Name and link of major players: 
Alexandria University
Egyptian Japanese university
Cluster Strategy

About Borg El Arab Cluster

EiTESAL at the age of 12 realized it is time to spread its activities & reach to remote regions. We decided to adhere with a wide spectrum of ICT companies to form a technology cluster working in Borg El Arab industrial zone. We utilized the space of the newly established Silicon Waha technology park

“Borg El Arab Innovation Cluster” is the First Cluster Of its kind in Egypt marking the first cooperation between the government and the private sector in Innovation The consortium consists of four academic institutions, 8 ICT companies, and 4 Innovation support companies

We shall play a crucial role to enable innovation and entrepreneurship in ICT in the fields of IoT, Smart Cities and Robotics by creating an ecosystem that helps creating new job opportunities in the northern governorates of Alexandria, Marsa Matrouh and Al Beheira.

The cluster is targeting to create 150 high value jobs in five years, incubating 40 -50 startups and pursuing acceleration funding. Through industry-academia collaboration new products will be developed allowing the industry to grow more profitable.

The innovation clusters is a genuine concept of private-public partnership with joint funding scheme.


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Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
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International Cooperation
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Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The cluster is organising annual "IOT Challenge" over Egypt. 

Egypt IoT Challenge is a nationwide capacity building and pre-incubation program for high school students, Senior University Students, Startups, Small and Medium Enterprises that have innovative ideas in the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and related fields.


Egypt IoT Challenge is co-organized by the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) Egypt Chapter, Borg Al-Arab Innovation Cluster and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in partnership with other corporate, academic, and government partners/sponsors. The program unites the resources and experiences of the organizers and their respective partners to avail all the required materials, mentors and expertise to the participating projects.



Egypt IoT Challenge 2018 theme is Smart Sustainable Cities.


The Internet of Things in general is not new: tech companies and pundits have been discussing the idea for decades, until the first internet-connected toaster was unveiled at a conference back in 1989. Although the concept was not named until 1999, IoT has been in development for the past years. For example, the Coke machine at Carnegie Melon University in the early 1980s. The programmers could connect to the machine over the internet, check the status of the machine and determine whether or not there would be a cold drink awaiting them, should they decide to make the trip down to the machine.

Moreover, Egypt is focusing now on stepping up in the technology and development fields, including the Internet of Things which is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Our Vision

The Internet of Things is the next evolution of the Internet that will dramatically change the existing industries. Corporate companies and big technology providers, as well as governments, will put significant efforts into developing solutions for their customers, which will allow them to get developed and to improve their skills and capabilities.

We believe that the time is ripe, with the first IoT frameworks defined, for the industry to embrace open innovation to accelerate the transformations that these technologies will bring and how it will impact ICT industry in Egypt and the world.

A mission will be achieved to stimulate a national innovation-based economy through strategizing, facilitating, and promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and the creation of intellectual property in IoT and its applications.


Egypt IoT Challenge, formerly known as Egypt IoT League, started in 2016 by Intel Corporation in collaboration with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; with only one track for Startups.

The program attracted more than 1,000 participants from all over Egypt in its first edition. Over 300 participants of the 2016 Egypt IoT League received support from the mentor network and ecosystem of organizers, had access to resources related to innovation and technology, and were given the opportunity to network with the top investors in Egypt.

The top 6 chosen projects were then selected for acceleration and financial awards to support the development of their products and services. Two (2) of them are currently incubated in a highly-reputed incubator.

In 2017, we had more than 110 Graduation Projects, 40 Startups and 42 SMEs who applied to join the Challenge. With five (5) million EGP support; including technical and financial support for 50 Graduation Projects and 3 incubated Startups.


More details at: https://www.egyptiotchallenge.com